This study places the
Assumptio Mosis (
AM) in its literary context of traditions of the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD. It examines how in
AM the biblical traditions have been adopted and adjusted (Deut 31 - Josh 1) to the actual circumstances.
After presenting the current state of affairs in research and analysing the structure of the
AM, the investigation focuses on a detailed account on how Deut 31 - Josh 1 has been incorporated in the
AM and how this process affected the theological content.
AM is put in a comparative perspective with other apocryphal traditions of the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD (1-Enoch, T.12 Patr., Jub., 1-2-4 Macc, Ps Sal, Qumran texts, 4 Ezra, 2 Bar, Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum) to try and characterise the place of the
AM within this contemporary literature. This process of reception is clarified against the background of the so-called Rewritten-Bible-phenomena. A pattern can be discerned within this process, whereby actualising and adjusting to the historical circumstances are major objectives.